I have been asked by my publisher this month to come up with the best places to propose and when I think about it, the possibilities are endless. There are women that love sports, so you may want to propose to them at a sports event or perhaps that special woman in your life loves romantic dinners, then the way to go for her, is to plan a dinner at a restaurant that is known for their romantic atmosphere.
The key to finding the ideal place in which to propose is as unique as the person you are considering making your wife. As I contemplate this subject it reminds me of a friend of mine who was proposed to at a concert. The “incident” as I refer to it today, took place about 5 years ago when my friend telephoned to tell me that her boyfriend had surprised her with tickets to a concert, however he would not reveal to her who the artist would be.
She loves music and her mind was racing because she knew that Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin were in town, so she was so excited because she loved these artist. However as soon as she reached the venue, she was not familiar with the name of the artist on the marquee but she kept an open mind. As soon as they walked into the building, she was overtaken by the smell of smoke which was an immediate concern for her because she knew this could not be a Christian venue. You see, my friend hasn’t been to a secular concert in more than 10 years, but she remembered that you could always find a smoky atmosphere with people reeking of alcohol at a secular venue and those were not good memories for her, but she kept her peace and a good attitude.
They finally made it to their seats and as soon as she sat down, she was literally startled when she heard the sound of an electric guitar that began to play rock music so loud that it shook her entire body violently. All she could think, was “I am in the Twilight Zone”! As she sat there and considered the matter, she got a shocking revelation and it was “I had no idea that my boyfriend liked rock music!” She said that she suffered through the opening act and right before the intermission her boyfriend said he was going to get them some soda and she said she just sat there in disbelief of the evening thus far.
Five minutes later she saw her boyfriend on stage with a guitar in his hand and he introduced himself as the most fortunate man in the house tonight because the love of his life was there. My friend was in shock and then he began to play a beautiful love song for her which literally brought her to tears because the song described how they met and how blessed he was to have found such a wonderful woman. After he sang his song he asked her to come to the stage and when she did, he got on his knees and asked her to be his wife. She was absolutely floored and had no idea that he was going to propose marriage, but she knew that she loved him and that he was a man who loved God and loved her, so through tearful eyes she accepted his proposal. Today they are blissfully married and enjoying life with their 3 year old son and beautiful chocolate lab.
The moral of this story? Sometimes the best things in life may not come to you in the package that you expect them to, so always live in the present and be open to new and exciting things because you never know where they may lead you. This week I am going to be suggesting 3 unique venues as my picks for the best places to propose. Today we are going to Louisiana by way of Georgia to Pappadeaux’s Seafood Kitchen! This is a great place to take that woman in your life that loves good Cajun Cuisine as well as overall great food.
This place is loaded with atmosphere; from the stone walk way as you enter the court yard to the soft lights that give just the right about of glow to make you look flawless even without make. Pappadeaux’s Cajun specialties include, Shrimp Creole, Crawfish Etouffee, Shrimp Etouffee and one of my favorites; Pasta Mardi Gras which is linguine tossed with crawfish, andouille sausage and crimini mushrooms in a marinara cream sauce topped with jumbo grilled shrimp. Can you say hmmm? Let’s not forget the gumbo. You can’t go to Louisiana without tasting the famous gumbo. You’ll have your choice of seafood gumbo, shrimp gumbo, andouille sausage gumbo or the crawfish bisque cream style gumbo.
After you have allowed that special someone to thoroughly indulge herself in some of the finest Louisiana cuisine in Georgia, why not order up a tasty dessert of her choice to seal the deal. You can choose the Pecan pie with bourbon sauce, bread pudding, key lime pie, Oreo cookie mousse or my favorite crème brulee. Pappadeaux’s has locations in Marietta, Norcross and Alpharetta, Georgia. Check out www.Pappadeaux.com for more information on menus and directions.
Now that you’ve found the spot, now it’s up to you to get creative and make this night a night that you and your future wife will look on fondly for years to come.